Coweta Commission

More vested rights OK’d for stalled subdivisions

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The Coweta County Commissioners have been granting “vested rights” status to several stalled residential developments in the past few months.

Tuesday, Foxhall, on Al Roberts Road, received vested status for phases 2 and 3 of the subdivision.

Being granted vested rights means that the subdivision can be developed under the zoning regulations that were in place in 2006, when the preliminary plats for the subdivision were first submitted.

The county’s zoning and development ordinances were changed significantly in May 2007, and the R160-Open Space designation no longer exists.

Foxhall was originally called Newberry Estates, and Forestar is the owner and developer. It is proposed to have a total of 121 lots. Street construction began on the property in July 2007, and the final plat for phase 1 was approved in early 2008. Forestar submitted final plats for phases 2 and 3 but decided not to record them because of the downturn in the economy.

All the subdivision’s amenities are already built and the roads to all three phases have been constructed, said County Administrator Michael Fouts.

The newer regulations require sidewalks on one side of the street, and 35 percent open space, with a minimum lot size of one acre. There are tree planting requirements and a “rural design open space” area between the roadway and the lots.

The old R160-OS zoning has a 1.3-acre minimum lot size and no sidewalk requirements. Open space consists of 0.3 acre per lot. In this subdivision, it would be 21 percent.

In other meeting business:

• The board delayed action on appointments to various boards over the objection of First District Commissioner Paul Poole.

Chairman Bob Blackburn announced that the agenda item would be delayed until the next meeting. Poole asked why, and said he disagreed.

Because there was no consensus, a vote was needed to delay the item, said County Attorney Nathan Lee.

Commissioner Rodney Brooks made the motion to delay it, and asked Poole if he had talked to the other members of the board to which Poole planned to reappoint a member.

“I did not,” said Poole.

“That is why we’re tabling” the issue, said Brooks. The vote was 4 to 1 to delay the appointment.

• Approved was a maintenance agreement for the new bridges that will have to be built over the railroad as part of the Newnan Bypass extension from its current end at Turkey Creek Road southward. The project will be administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation with funding from the Federal Highway Administration and Coweta County. Once the project is done, Coweta County will be responsible for the bridge maintenance.

• Approved was a rezoning of the former Andy’s Nursery on Hwy. 16, from commercial to light industrial. The board also approved a buffer variance for the property. The zoning change increased the required buffer from 50 to 100 feet; the applicant, Chad Caldwell, asked for the variance to maintain the existing, established buffer.

There was no opposition to the rezoning or the variance request.

• The board approved grant applications for the DUI and drug courts.



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